Mountains can lose about 500-800 feet of their elevation during the mountaintop removal process. The top portion of the mountain is blown off by explosives to allow easier access to the coal below. Even after removing the peak, miners must dig into the mountains remains to get to the resources inside.
After the mine is exhausted, mining companies must provide reclamation. This does not mean restoring the mountain however, and many coal companies get by with the bare minimum of scattering seeds on the surface of the mountains remains.
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